Saturday, August 4, 2012

Layali Lubnan, Lebanese nights (Arabic dessert)

Layali Lubnan (Lebanese nights) recipe

Layali Lubnan (Lebanese nights) is a well-known Arabic dessert made of milk, semolina and thick cream. It is a dessert of two layers, the bottom is thick and the top layer is smooth and creamy. The cream topping is sweet enough with the addition of the icing sugar; however you can also add some sugar syrup for more sweetness if preferred.

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes on stove + 1-3 hours cooling in the refrigerator
Total time: 1-3 hours
Yield: 12 medium size pieces, or 24 small ones (as in picture)

  • 3 cup milk
  • 1 cup semolina
  • 1 tbs granulated sugar
  • 1 tbs orange blossom water
  • 160 g cream
  • 2 tbs icing sugar (powder sugar)
  • 1/4 cup crushed pistachios
  • 1 cup whole almonds and walnuts
Cooking Directions:
  1. Mix the milk, semolina, granulated sugar and orange blossom water all together in a large saucepan.

  2. Heat the mixture over high heat and keep stirring it with a whisk for about 10 minutes or until it get thickened (like custard)

  3. Pour the thick mixture, spread it in a tray and tap on its surface with a wet spatula to have a smooth surface. Put it in the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes

  4. Prepare the cream topping by mixing the cream with the powder sugar very well

  5. Take it out of the refrigerator and spread the thick cream evenly. Put it in the refrigerator for 1-3 hours.
  6. Cut it into squares, decorate them with the crushed pistachios, pour the sugar syrup (if added) and serve them cold.

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